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Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters

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Location

Portland, OR

Scale

20,000 sf

Program

Office, Conference/Event Space, Gardens

Completion

2020

LEED

LEED v4 Platinum (tracking)

Construction is underway on a new campus for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest private foundations in Oregon. The foundation works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.

Located in North Portland's Albina District, the site was a former impound yard and the neighborhood where the founder of Meyer Memorial Trust, grocer Fred G. Meyer, lived and began building his reputation. Today, the neighborhood boasts a wide array of transportation options, including proximity toTriMet bus and light-rail routes, ease of walkability and bikeability.

Meyer's new 20,000 sf headquarters will include workspace for 50 employees and will feature a library, educational garden, convening, and meeting spaces. The new campus is envisioned as a place for nonprofits, community leaders, and organizations from across Oregon to gather and collaborate. To strengthen the connection between the Foundation and the communities it serves, the ground floor is designed as a welcoming hub with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that open to the street.

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Gathering spaces and gardens on the ground floor create an engaging and welcoming interface with the community

A primary design driver for the project is to create an equitable interior experience that enables staff to do their best work, with equal access to windows and daylight across building programs and users. On the exterior, simple forms and façade break down the scale of the building to reflect and respect community conext, with a humble yet elegant design. The landscape design fundamentally acknowledges local ecology, community history and regional identity. With a plant palette of native species with historical significance, the landscape will serve as an educational setting for staff, visitors and community members.

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A large mass plywood convening space for meetings and events with community partners and nonprofits

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The design features locally-sourced mass plywood manufactured by Freres Lumber in Lyons, Oregon

To realize energy efficiency, conservation, building innovation and sustainable forestry, Meyer's new campus is targeting LEED v4 Platinum certification - sourcing materials that have been regionally harvested and locally manufactured, including mass plywood in the convening space from a central Oregon lumber mill. A sloping roofline will be one of the building’s most visible attributes, shaped to optimize solar access for a 50kW photovoltaic array.

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Meyer groundbreaking ceremony

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Project Director, Chandra Robinson, gives her remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony

In line with the Foundation’s commitment to equity, at least 43 percent of the project is being built by women and minority-owned subcontractors. In addition, the contractor plans for at least 30 percent of journeyman and apprentice hours to be filled by minorities and 10 percent to be filled by women.

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Metal panels are customized resulting in a unique façade that creates a dramatic shadow and play of natural light, changing depending on the time of day

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The building frame begins to take shape

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Mass plywood installation - manufactured by Freres Lumber 

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Second level conference rooms and workspaces provide views of downtown and Mt. Hood 

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Wood for ceiling and floor are both locally-sourced from Oregon

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Mass plywood installation - manufactured by Freres Lumber 

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Gathering spaces and gardens on the ground floor create an engaging and welcoming interface with the community

A large mass plywood convening space for meetings and events with community partners and nonprofits

The design features locally-sourced mass plywood manufactured by Freres Lumber in Lyons, Oregon

Meyer groundbreaking ceremony

Project Director, Chandra Robinson, gives her remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Metal panels are customized resulting in a unique façade that creates a dramatic shadow and play of natural light, changing depending on the time of day